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FOR TODAY –  June 13th, 2011…the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

Outside my window:  gorgeous blue sky sprinkled with puffy white clouds.  Deliciously cool breeze wafting lace curtains…a delightful 73 degrees!

I am listening to:  crowing roosters, cackling hens, the distant hum of the rototiller, the laughter of children…

I am wearing :  khaki capris and a long-sleeved pink and white paisley tunic…

Gratitude list:

30 years with the man I love…

little girl in boots too big…

friends who don’t take no for an answer…

generosity of strangers…

unexpected visitors and spirited conversation…

low humidity…

cottonball clouds on bright blue…

good Father who will shepherd his parish for another year…

first blessing from a new priest…

I am reading:  31 Days to Clean:  Having a Martha House the Mary Way and The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation by St. Alphonsus Liguori…a little spiritual “housecleaning” is in order!

From the kitchen:  Simple fare…refrigerator is dead!  Trying to revive it, but it’s beginning to seem unlikely that we’ll be able to.  This evening’s meal:  Meatloaf, roasted potatoes with onions and rosemary, sauteed greenbeans with balsamic vinaigrette and a loaf of homemade bread.

I am thinking:  about the past thirty years.  How blessed we’ve been…there are always vexations and crosses to bear, but the years have been very, very good to us.  I wouldn’t exchange the life I have for any other.  I’m missing my three girls terribly…and my oldest son!  Zachary is in Wisconsin to help load and transport a few church organs back to Columbus for Fr. Lutz. 

I am creating:  nothing much.  The hands aren’t working so very well right now…which is why this blog has been terribly neglected…typing hurts!  Will probably be tested this week for rheumatoid arthritis…praying to avoid that particular diagnosis.  It is hereditary and my Aunt Judy has suffered tremendously with it.  God’s will be done…

Towards a real education:  school is out…for the most part.  We’re still reading, doing a bit of spelling to sharpen up a few skills and I’m probably going to continue math for the older boys through the summer…it really takes very little time and during those hot, afternoon hours what else are we going to do?!  I’m looking forward attending the Dayton IHM conference in July…

I am praying:  for my son, Michael.  A few weeks ago, his older brothers observed several frightening episodes of sleep apnea.  A visit to a pediatrician and referral to an ENT have revealed the source of the problem:  extremely large adenoids that are not only blocking his nasal passages, but are pressing upon the soft palate, affecting his speech and causing sleep apnea!  He will be scheduled for surgery very soon and the procedure couldn’t be simpler:  15 minutes under general anesthesia during an outpatient procedure for adenoidectomy…no need for tonsillectomy!  Praising God that it was just that simple…

In the garden:  Onions, basil, cilantro, rosemary, shallots, mint, oregano all ready for harvest.  Just planted (thanks to the worst planting season, EVER!)  Jade green beans, brandywine tomatoes, Mr. Stripey tomatoes, zucchini and every other kind of squash, enough sunflowers to sell bouquets of them, pumpkins, watermelon, peppers, eggplant…etc., etc., etc.  Hollyhocks are in bloom, replacing the poor, faded peonies.  Soon we’ll have gladiolus and caladiums, too.

Around the house:   trying to declutter.  There’s nothing like watching an episode of Hoarders to have you look at that clutter on top of the fridge in a whole, new light!!  God bless those poor people who are struggling under weight of such a horrific condition…

On keeping home:  a lovely reminder:  our home is a reflection on just how seriously we take our vocation as wives and mothers.  I’m not talking about perfection or a Better Homes and Garden/Martha Stewart dream home.  No…something deeper.  Calm.  Peace.   Welcome.  Comfort.  And beauty when you can find it…and it’s all around us!  I used to strive so hard for all those things that embodied perfection…now, I simply want those who come to my home to not want to leave.  I want them to kick off their shoes, put up their feet…feel the ease that comes with a lived in and welcoming home.  Things are never perfect here…but I do hope, my dear friends who visit regularly, that you’ve always felt welcome and part of the family.  That is how I define successful homemaking…it took me a couple of decades to arrive to this conclusion!

One of my favorite things:  the warm scent of a Creme Brulee candle…yummy!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Enjoy having my hubby home for the next two days…what a blessing!  Perhaps we’ll visit the creek…

A few picture thoughts I’m sharing:  I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile…it’s horribly blurry, but was the only photo I could snap before my battery died!   Coming soon, to a Columbus parish near you…two new priest who know the Extraordinary Form of the Mass…and they’re not afraid to use it!  And I can’t wait to “loan” a few altar servers who will happily train a few more young men to serve this beautiful Mass of antiquity!

From Fr. Ty Tompson’s homily:
We are your priests…
We want to bring you together in the sacrament of matrimony…
We want to baptize your babies…
We want to offer you absolution and restore you to a life of grace in the sacrament of confession…
We want to be there at the very end to see you on your way to the Father…
But most of all…we want to take take bread and wine in our hands and consecrate it, and give to you, the Body and Blood of our precious Savior…
That’s why we’re here.  This is what we live to do…
Amen, Father.  May God increase your number!  Pray for vocations…
Blessings,